The Gaither Homecoming Biblecomment (0)
October 18, 2012
By Martine Bates Sharp Ed. D.
Bill and Gloria Gaither, Editors. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 2012. 1,696 pp. (Leather cover).
Bill and Gloria Gaither just never stop coming up with great ideas. First a number of award-winning songs, then the popular “Homecoming” video series and now a devotional Bible. The Bible text is in the New King James Version, and what makes it a Gaither Homecoming Bible are the songs, poems and stories scattered throughout the biblical text.
As might be expected from anything produced by the Gaithers, the emphasis is on music, with 75 articles taking a deeper look at “some of the most beloved hymns and gospel songs.” The songs highlighted include many written by the Gaithers; one example is a song written as the pair was coming out of a hard time in their lives. In the narrative accompanying the lyrics to the song, Gloria tells of some difficulties faced by the couple. As she was lying on the sofa contemplating the birth of their third child, the Lord spoke to her, giving her reassurance of His presence. The result was “Because He Lives,” a song that has brought hope to many in the four decades since it was written.
Besides the articles about well-loved songs, there are several original poems (it should be no surprise that talented songwriters would also be poets) and 230 devotionals written by Bill and Gloria Gaither and 60 of the artists from the “Homecoming” series. I cannot imagine a Gaither fan who wouldn’t love this Bible.